No dine-in? No problem. After an Instagram questionnaire this weekend, we have the top five student-favorite restaurants to order takeout.
Fried food, twinkle lights, and curbside delivery- what’s not to love? Ajax Diner provides all the luxuries of Southern homestyle cooking, now available to pick up and enjoy in the comfort of your dorm or apartment. Whether you are in the mood for cheese-filled appetizers, meat-heavy entrées or classic veggie sides, Ajax has you covered.
SOUTH DEPOT TACO SHOP
A tex-mex stop located on the Square, South Depot offers $3 tacos, an extensive a-la carte menu and margarita and beer options for the 21-plus crowd. Explore your creative side by picking and choosing from over twenty different combinations of burrito, nacho and salad toppings. Don’t forget to add a serving of fried cheesecake to your order for dessert.
“It’s the amazing service, the atmosphere, their reasonable prices and even better food that makes me enjoy takeout from South Depot. It is definitely a local favorite!” -Kylah Smothers, senior.
RICE AND SPICE THAI CUISINE
Below the bright green sign off West Jackson Avenue lies this local Thai restaurant that offers curry, noodles, soups and, yes, plenty of steamed rice and hot spice. Most of the entrées come in at just under $10 which is quite a deal for authentic Thai cuisine. (Don’t forget to have a glass of milk on hand if you decide to venture past “mild” on the heat scale!)
“I love Rice and Spice because they have the best Pad Thai I’ve ever had in the United States. Now, I’ve had Pad Thai from exactly three places in the U.S., but Rice and Spice is still the best. I [also] have a lot of great memories talking about chemistry with my cousin, Conner, while eating there. Obviously, we can’t dine in right now, but I still enjoy being able to get food from my favorite Oxford restaurant to-go.” – Hannah Grace Biggs, freshman
Jinsei Sushi may have the most extensive menu out of all the restaurants on this list, which is sure to satisfy anyone with an appetite for seafood. There is a vast selection of salads, soups, fish and sushi rolls, all made by a head chef who was born and raised in Japan. It is recommended to order a cocktail from the equally sizable drink selection to wash down your meal.
“Jinsei has the best sushi in Oxford and the drinks are super fresh and well-made.” -Andrew Osman, senior
Oxford Canteen resides inside of an old-fashioned former gas station with a bee-autiful new mural on its wall. While its location might be appealing, it holds nothing to the food selection Oxford Canteen offers. (make sure to check out the bee-autiful new mural when you pick up your next order), but it’s the food that makes this restaurant really special. The all-day menu offers breakfast tacos, burgers and “the best grilled cheese in Mississippi”, according to USA Today. The Canteen also supports local agriculture, meaning you can splurge on your breakfast, lunch and/or dinner guilt-free.
“Oxford Canteen has fresh flavor and a unique environment that makes me happy every time I visit and their coffee is amazing!” -Carly Horton, senior